Here's the media release from City Hall...
Work on Trans-Canada Trail Construction at the CPR Bridge is scheduled to commence during the first week of January, 2013.
Innovative Civil Constructors Inc. (the “contactor”) will begin by fencing off the construction staging area on the top of the east bank of the Otonabee River, immediately north of the CPR Bridge. Pedestrian traffic will be redirected around the compound throughout the construction period.
As the work involves the construction of a temporary access road within the river, there will be considerable construction traffic on Maria Street in order to access the work site. People should exercise caution when travelling in the area. Unfortunately, some residents may be inconvenienced while trucks are delivering the fill material and again in March, when the fill will be taken away.
A construction staging area will also be established on top of the west bank of the river immediately north of the CPR Bridge. Otonabee River Trail users will be redirected around the compound throughout the construction period. A small length of temporary construction access road will be constructed in the river from the west bank. Trail users must exercise caution during periods when construction traffic is high and when crossing the CPR tracks.
The temporary construction access roads in the river are necessary to access the various work sites along the CPR Bridge. All the requisite environmental approvals and permits are in place. After the in-water work is complete, the access roads in the river will be removed, and the fill material will be trucked away. The removal of the access roads is scheduled to take place before the end of March, 2013.
Subsequent to the completion of the work on the bridge piers, repair work on the CPR Bridge will continue and the new three-metre-wide Trans-Canada Trail Bridge will be installed. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for the end of May, 2013.
The Canadian Pacific Railway advises that public use of the bridge is prohibited until such time as the Trans-Canada Trail on the bridge is complete and open for travel.
The City of Peterborough advises that the CPR Bridge and the contractor’s staging areas are construction zones and access to these areas is prohibited.
The City of Peterborough regrets the inconvenience to the public and area businesses through the construction of this important project and appreciates their patience and understanding. Any inquiries may be directed to the Planning Division, City Hall at 705- 742-7777 extension 1880.
This information is also available on the City of Peterborough website www.peterborough.ca.